Warriors, Wolves, Wizards each get 2 NBA All-Star reserves

Erica Murray
January 25, 2018

The final player from the Western Conference to be announced was Karl-Anthony Towns, making his first NBA All-Star appearance.

Joining Towns from the West will be Russell Westbrook, Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green, LaMarcus Aldridge, Klay Thompson and Damian Lillard.

The 21-year-old Australian was overlooked for an Eastern Conference reserve slot, as coaches preferred Washington duo John Wall and Bradley Beal and IN guard Victor Oladipo.

Despite some wrinkles to the overall format - it is no longer East vs West, in case you haven't heard - picks were made using the same guidelines: Two guards, three frontcourt players and two wild cards, with the same number coming from each conference.

The new system will allow top vote-getters from each conference (currently LeBron James and Steph Curry) to choose their teams from a pool of starters and backups.

Complete All-Star rosters will be unveiled on Thursday.

The 67 NBA All-Star Game, featuring Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen, will air on TNT and ESPN Radio. In his first season with IN, he he is averaging 24.9 points and 5.3 rebounds for each game played. PG13 leads the National Basketball Association at 4.4 deflections per game and has racked up 93 steals on the season - two more than Westbrook for another league-best.

Oladipo has been arguably the biggest surprise of the season, going from a role player last season in Oklahoma City to a bona fide star in his first season with the Pacers. Williams has been the best player on a Clippers team that is somehow 23-23 despite injuries to, well, basically everyone else on their roster. He's also averaging 6.7 rebounds and a career-best 2.3 blocks. According to a press release from the NBA, Hart will open up the game to announce this year's players. Prior to the game, Hart and special guests will take the All-Star stage for an exciting opening and an entertaining introduction of the All-Star teams.

This will be Durant's ninth consecutive All-Star game appearance and Curry's fifth.

The Sixers point guard is nearly averaging a triple-double with 16.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists.

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